Barn Owl nest box, outdoor design provides a safer home for owlets than some designs due to a 460mm (18”) drop from the entrance hole to the bottom of the box. Hand built in Ireland to last, from environmentally friendly FSC-approved 9mm plywood using steel screws throughout. Approximate size (mm) 710H x 740W x 500D. Built on Exercise platform 510W x 100D. Weight 23kg approx. Exposed roof is covered with bitumen felt.

Courier delivery nationwide, Delivery lead time 2 to 3 weeks. Suitable for the new ACRES agri-environment scheme

A tree site is preferable to a pole as a mature tree will provide more cover. An ideal tree would be:

  • A mature tree with a thick trunk.
  • Isolated, in a hedgerow or on the woodland edge.
  • With a high canopy.
  • With few or no low branches.
  • Where a nestbox can be placed at least 3 meters above ground level.
  • Where the nestbox access hole would be visible to a passing owl, even when the tree is in full leaf and seen from a distance.
  • Quite close to strips or patches of rough grassland.

Is your landscape suitable?

  • Avoid urban, suburban, dense forest and high mountain areas.
  • Avoid sites within 1 km of a motorway or other fast, unscreened, main roads, due to the risk of road-deaths.
  • Nestboxes do not need to be placed directly on patches or strips of rough grassland as the birds are perfectly capable of ‘commuting’ across unsuitable habitats before starting to hunt and have very large home ranges.
  • See for more information about conserving Barn Owls.
  • If you would like a pdf copy of a Barn Owl conservation and information guide, please e mail me
  • or check out the new Agri Environment Scheme, ACRES:

    A measure to improve Barn Owl conservation, designed by BirdWatch Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is now available to farmers in the new Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES). It is hoped that this measure, which focuses on improved methods of rodent control on farms to reduce the use and effects of rodenticides, providing safe and secure nest sites for Barn Owls and linking to habitat enhancement measurers will deliver real benefits for the farmer and Barn Owls and help the Barn Owl population recovery across the country.

     All information on the Barn Owl Action, including the guidance prepared by BirdWatch Ireland and a range of practical videos are available in the guidance document in the BWI website, news section,  or on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website, here: Farmers who are considering joining ACRES and think they might be eligible for the Barn Owl Action are encouraged to view the information provided by BirdWatch Ireland and contact us for further information, to determine whether they are suitable for this measure.